The competition to represent Hungary in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest started with 202 songs but after last weekend’s finale the red, white and green colours will be championed by English-singing, four-man band Compact Disco at the final in the Azerbaijani capital Baku from 22-26 May.
The Ministry of Interior has announced fixed fines for traffic offences, with discounts for paying on the spot. Starting on 15 April illegal overtaking can cost HUF 60,000-140,000 (EUR 207-485), depending on the circumstances, with the fine for driving without a licence being HUF 50,000 (EUR 173) on the spot.
Mayor of Budapest István Tarlós has accepted the resignation of the head of the city-owned Budapest Public Transport Company (BKV), a spokesman said last Friday.
Radio station KlubRádió has been granted a 60-day extension to its broadcasting frequency licence, which was awarded to another firm in a recent media authority tender.
Â Awareness of national identity and patriotic education are among the moral values emphasised by the new draft school curriculum released on Monday.
The months-long “captivity” of a Hungarian woman in Hurghada, Egypt, has ended with the help of ambassador Péter Kveck and local authorities.
There was a furore this week over anti-Israeli remarks by the foreign affairs spokesman of the far-right party Jobbik. In an interview with The Jewish Chronicle, a small UK newspaper, Márton Gyöngyösi likened Israel’s actions in the Palestinian territories to a “Nazi system based on racial hatred”.
Â The extreme cold could mean heating will cost an extra HUF 3,000-5,000 (EUR 10.37-17.28) in an apartment and as much as HUF 15,000-20,000 (EUR 51.85-69.13) in a family home per month.
Forecasters expect things to get worse before they get any better. The Hungarian Meteorological Service (OMSZ) was predicting the ongoing cold snap would intensify as this newspaper went to press early on Friday. Meteorologist Zsolt Pátkai said night-time temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius are expected and some areas might even reach a record low of -27. Daytime highs over the weekend are not expected to rise above -5. Conditions are likely to ease from Sunday, OMSZ forecasts.
The number of civil employees at Budapest’s Opera House will be reduced by around 200 from the current 885 starting in April, the responsible cabinet commissioner told an Opera staff meeting on Monday.